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Like a Mighty Army: A History of the Church of God, 1886-1995 Hardcover – August, 1994

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  • Hardcover: 615 pages
  • Publisher: Pathway Press; Definitve ed edition (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871485338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871485335
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Sappington on June 29, 2005
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I am a member of the denomination that this book describes. Former General Overseer Charles W. Conn traces the history of the Church of God denomination to the hills of western North Carolina in 1886 through its first Pentecostal experience in 1896, followed by severe persecution by mainstream churches, into rapid growth to international status. In 2005--ten years after this edition was published--the Church of God claims seven million members.

The Church of God is a Pentecostal denomination with roots in biblical holiness. Modifications have been made over the years as we have studied the Bible and addressed problems and errors during our General Assembly meetings. The end result is a church that is on fire for God and ready to evangelize the world.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James T Humphrey II on March 3, 2003
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This book is a must for those who are Pentecostal, or studying Pentecostalism. It is a history of the Pentecostal "Church of God - Clevland, TN."
This book details the early beginnings of the Church of God in 1886, a holiness group coming out of mainstream denominations in the mountains of Tennessee, calling themselves "The Christian Union." A group who after 10 years experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This history traces the problems encountered, and the world wide growth of the Church of God up until 1995.
This book received official approval by the Church of God executive committee, thus "The Definitive Edition." It is easy to see why though, as will become quickly obvious, the author (a former General Overseer in the church) is a bit biased. Though he treats some tough issues in much fairness, sometimes this book reads more poetic propiganda than a raw history.
A fellow student of mine (at Lee University, a Church of God school) called this book "The Church of God's version of Mein Keimpf." He's probably not too far from the truth. However, this is a good read and a valuable part to any Pentecostal library.
580 pages worth of reading, with about 30 of it being the names of overseers, presidents of the college, tracking the growth in numbers of church membership, as well as tithes received. The first half of the book is a lot more enjoyable than the last half, with more emphasis on the early general assemblies, whereas the last half of the book does not put as much emphasis on the general assemblies (where denominational decisions are made, leaders voted in, etc.)
My only wish is this history book would have had some pictures of the various persons and buildings that played a crucial part of the history of this denomination. It would have made this book a better history book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. T. Richardson on May 26, 2008
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I found out about this book recently and was pleased to find the name of my great uncle, Thomas James Richardson, who was the first Black overseer in the Church of God. Though the book is thorough in some respects, not much is said in its pages about the issues of racism within the church, and some of the reasons why the church separated in 1922 with the beginnings of the Church of God of Prophecy. However, this book in particular, and others generally with denominational histories are necessary to give readers and students benefit of the various early doctrinal understandings, distinct Christian practices, and leadership successions. Though I am now a Baptist pastor, I owe much of my fervor and passion to my beginnings in the Church of God.
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By Sandra Camille High on March 6, 2014
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This is a re print but still has the great history of the Church of God. I gave it to someone who was looking for the original and they were quite satisfied with this one.
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